We want our children to learn how to be healthy adults and develop the skills necessary for them to succeed in life. However, many young people experience anxiety, isolation, and depression that can turn into unhealthy coping strategies when they don’t feel prepared to succeed in adulthood. And, many parents watching their young adult children struggle can get caught up in conflict, drama, angst, and struggle as they launch their teens into adulthood. I’m joined by my wife, Jody, and our guest Dr. Mark Mcconville, author of the book “Failure to Launch: Why Your Twentysomething hasn’t grown up…and what to do about it” to talk about how we can help our young people thrive in adulthood. In this episode, we discuss:
The modern challenges with teens transitioning to adulthood
The three main tasks teens must master to be prepared for adulthood
How we can help them with each of these tasks
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About Geoff Steurer
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, relationship educator, and coach with over 20 years of experience. I am the co-author of, “Love You, Hate the Porn: Healing a Relationship Damaged by Virtual Infidelity”, the host of the weekly podcast, “From Crisis to Connection”, and have produced workbooks, audio programs, and online courses helping couples and individuals heal from the impact of sexual betrayal, unwanted pornography use, partner betrayal trauma, and rebuilding broken trust. I maintain a private counseling and coaching practice in beautiful Southern Utah where I live with my wife and children.
About Dr. Mark McConville
Mark McConville Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Beachwood, Ohio, specializing in adult, adolescent, emerging adult, and family psychology. Dr. McConville is a senior faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, and has taught and published widely on the subjects of child development, parenting, and counseling methodology. His book Adolescence: Psychotherapy and the Emergent Self (Jossey-Bass, 1995) was awarded the 1995 Nevis Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Gestalt Therapy theory. He is co-editor of The Heart of Development: Gestalt Approaches to Childhood and Adolescence, vols. I & II,(The Analytic Press, 2001). His most recent book, Failure to Launch: why your twentysomething hasn’t grown up, and what to do about it (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2020), has received wide acclaim. In addition to his private clinical practice, Dr. McConville serves as Consulting Psychologist to Hathaway Brown School and University School, both in the Cleveland area.